Willie Breedt, CEO of Vaultage Solutions, has been declared bankrupt while 2000 investors are expected to lose around R227 million, according to a News 24 report.
Vaultage solutions founded in 2018 welcomed the investment with the promise of weekly investment returns via cryptocurrency mining and trading. Breedt allegedly missed repaying investments, however, and never eventuated the development he had guaranteed to investors.
One of the biggest investors, Simon Dix of Hilton, who handed over R7.5 million to Breedt, successfully applied for a sequestration order against Breedt on Friday. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria released a sequestration order on Friday. The sequestration order is issued by the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court, which decides that an individual is bankrupt. Once a sequestration order is received, the bankrupt ‘s assets are handed over to be managed by a bankruptcy trustee appointee.
Willie Breedt is also accused of going on the run after a few angry investors went on a manhunt, allegedly led by a colonel in the South African National Defense Force. The aim of the manhunt was to find Breedt and possibly recover some of the funds from him for ‘debt collectors.’ But Breedit had opened a case of intimidation with police in Jeffreys Bay before going on the run.
Investigators managed to find Breedt at a guesthouse in Pretoria and soon after the court issued Dix the sequestration order, the court sheriff accompanied by officers, raided the house where Breedt had been hiding, according to News 24’s report.
Numerous electronic devices have been seized on the raid, including a laptop and Ledger Nano hardware wallet, with police hoping to find details on where the bitcoin, as well as other currencies, could be hidden.